Posts Tagged ‘Productivity’

Organize your news with Feedly: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Organize your news with Feedly

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Taking a moment to catch up on your news after the long weekend? It’s likely to be a very long moment if your favorite news sources are scattered across a variety of websites. This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to use the Feedly service to manage, categorize, and read all your favorite web content in one place. In my first video this week, I’ll show you how to install the Feedly browser extension and use it to build a custom magazine with fresh content from your favorite news sites.

Automate cloud-based services with IFTTT: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, August 26th, 2013


IFTTT is a cloud service whose acronym takes its name from the popular programming algorithm of an “if” statement: If this, then that! IFTTT connects to popular cloud services that you use such as Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Evernote, and more, and automates common interactions between them—without you being involved at all. IFTTT calls these a recipe. Examples of popular IFTTT recipes include tasks like updating all your social networks with any new avatar photo uploaded to Twitter, downloading any photo of you posted on Facebook to a Dropbox folder, among many others. The possibilities are nearly endless.

In the first video this week, I’ll show you how to create your own IFTTT recipe from scratch.

Four well-intentioned workplace time wasters

Published by | Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Use the 80-20 rule to prioritize your work

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All of your work matters—but some matters more than the rest of it. In my new course Managing Your Time, I share my favorite time management technique: applying the 80/20 rule to classify all your work (people, tasks, and projects) as being of mild importance (the 80 percent) or of serious importance (the 20 percent). The 80 percent is just work that has to be done, but rest is the really good stuff: the work that will make you, your team, and your company better.

Focusing too much time on issues of lesser importance is one way we waste time at work. Here are four other time wasters you have to watch out for if you want to maximize what you get done every day.

Manage multiple projects with Wunderlist: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, August 5th, 2013
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Wunderlist is a handy productivity app that comes with just enough features to make it a great to-do list, free of unnecessary features and clutter. In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how Wunderlist can help you juggle multiple projects by creating subtasks within tasks.

Monday Productivity Pointers: Setting up Find My iPhone

Published by | Monday, July 1st, 2013

Using Find my iPhone on an iPad

It’s a scenario no one wants to think about—but it happens all the time: You lose your iPhone or it gets stolen. What do you do? Fortunately, a native iOS app called Find My iPhone can help you track its location as soon as you realize it’s missing.

Monday Productivity Pointers: Remote troubleshooting a computer

Published by | Monday, June 24th, 2013

Last week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I explained how to take screenshots on a Mac or PC—a useful tool when you want to show your screen to someone who’s not sitting in front of your computer.

This week I’m flipping things around and showing you how to remotely control someone else’s computer. It used to be tough to connect to another computer; you’d need to install the right software on both machines, create user accounts for your participants, and even muck around with local firewall and network settings to get everything to work correctly. But it’s much easier now, so in this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers I’ll highlight two different apps that simplify the process of connecting to and controlling another computer.

Monday Productivity Pointers: Taking screenshots natively

Published by | Monday, June 17th, 2013

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to take screenshots natively with the operating system of the machine you’re working on. By “natively,” I mean that there’s no new app to download—everything you need is already on your system.

The first video this week will focus on taking screenshots on a Windows-based PC, while the second, member-exclusive video will cover the same on a Mac, using a built-in tool called Grab.

Microsoft releases Office Mobile for the iPhone

Published by | Friday, June 14th, 2013

This morning, Microsoft made a long-awaited announcement: Office Mobile for the iPhone is now available on the App Store, allowing Office 365 subscribers to view and edit Word, Powerpoint, and Excel documents directly on their iPhones. As long as your documents are synced with a Microsoft SkyDrive or SharePoint account, you can now work with those files anywhere. All of your changes are tagged with your name and you can even leave in-line comments, which is fantastic for collaborating with teams on your documents.

Although Office Mobile has been out for a while on Windows Phone, iPhone users can now get in on the Office 365 action as well. Take a look at these two movies to get going with Office Mobile and if you’re not already up-to-date on Office 365, we also recommend watching David Rivers’ “Up and Running with Office 365” course to get current with the new features and functionality of Office 365.

Office Mobile for Office 365 iPhone app set up